Ever since we watched March of the Penguins last summer, my littlest one has been obsessed with penguins. I mean, everything has to be penguin themed! The kid goes crazy for them. So he’s been talking about a penguin party for nearly a year! I have had a long time to think about these penguin party ideas, and we all had a blast at his fourth birthday party!
Penguin Party Ideas
My first idea for decorating for our penguin party was to make these penguin party lanterns! I wrote a more detailed penguin party lanterns craft tutorial for you!
Penguin Party Birthday Cake
I never make molded chocolates, but since penguin candies were hard to find, I decided to go for it! I used a penguin silicone chocolate mold and colored chocolate to create about three dozen little chocolate penguins. Surprisingly, these were not that hard to make, just took some time and care.
I kept the cake super simple this year (minus making the penguin chocolates!). Usually I go a little nuts loading the cake with candies and figurines (always a good time!) – like our Knight in Shining Armor party last year! But we’ve had a busy summer, and I needed E-A-S-Y!
Use edible ice cream cone cups. Cut out round pieces of chocolate cake from a sheet cake. Sprinkle with powdered sugar “snow.” Then top with ice cream and a chocolate penguin or penguin figurine! Blue sprinkles for water are optional!
Penguin Party Decor
Penguin snacks were part of the decor, of course. I love when food helps me set a theme. Goldfish crackers, Swedish fish, Oreo cookies (black and white!), and shrimp (it’s what they eat!) fit our theme. Plus I scattered Safari Ltd TOOB penguin figurines throughout for more cuteness!
I created a simple “Happy Birthday” banner by stringing card stock on baker’s twine, then stenciling letters on each square with metallic Sharpie markers. I am learning that smaller banners are better, because they are easier to hang up! I also stuck some penguin stickers on the end pieces.
A simple and sweet touch – these penguin party cups were a huge hit. The boys and I made them together, but we could probably have let guests make their own. All you need are black party cups, super huge googly eyes, extra large glue dots, and orange cardstock (cut into hearts). Stick on and drink!
Penguin Party Games
The kids loved this easy-to-set-up party game – Penguin Sledding Disc Game. Simply drop the discs and see how you score! We also put up our big bouncy waterslide, because penguins love swimming and sliding games!
More Penguin Party Ideas
A “chill” inflatable penguin cooler kept the sodas (orange, black and clear!) cool while we celebrated! I love how the penguin is holding a soda! The base is quite large enough to fill with ice and hold enough sodas and drinks for a good-sized crowd (we had over 20 people).
You may have also noticed the penguin t shirts my boys are wearing! I made those! Yes! And I promise you, it was the simplest DIY birthday party t shirt I’ve made to date. I wrote another post for how to create these DIY penguin t shirts yourself!
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